Replace and repair the old sheet piling

Efficient approach and satisfied captains

Repair of sheet piling along Amsterdam-Rhine Canal

Of the 120 kilometres of sheet piling that runs along the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, sections totalling roughly 25 kilometres were in poor condition. If left unrepaired, there was a risk of the banks being eroded and, in the most extreme case, of the flood protection function being impaired. The Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management awarded us the contract to replace or repair the old sheet piling along the Amsterdam to Wijk bij Duurstede section of this canal, the busiest one in Europe.

  • 120 thousand m3 dredged
  • 25 kilometres of sheet piling repaired
  • 6,000 anchors installed
We developed seven standard solutions, including complete replacement, reanchoring, new bank protection and a combination of these options. We then divided up this section of the canal into 70 work zones and applied the best standard solution in each case. Now all the sheet piling is once again able to withstand the water pressure and the surrounding area is protected. The walls also comply with the CUR 166 safety standard.

Smart solutions

Using this standardised approach guaranteed that we could implement the project flexibly. It was not only a quick way of working, but it also reduced the engineering costs, as well as costs associated with the 130-plus permit applications that had to be submitted. Further savings were achieved by using an economical alternative anchoring system – the first time this had been employed on such a large scale along the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal. As 6,000 anchors were needed, this had a direct impact on the total cost price.

Satisfied skippers

On a route as busy as this, the disruption to shipping traffic has to be minimised. Although speed restrictions had to be imposed during the work, we only limited the speed of vessels where this was absolutely necessary and divided up the work into short sections along the length of the canal, using patrol vessels to guide shipping. Consequently, skippers did not feel they were being forced to reduce their speed unnecessarily for kilometre after kilometre. Partly as a result of these measures, the number of complaints received in relation to the work was even lower than our ambitious target.

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Ronald de Geus

Managing Director Ballast Nedam Infra Projects

Ronald grew up in an international environment: the basis of his career in integral projects. From his design and engineering background, he has grown into the project management of large, complex projects.

Business Unit Director Ronald De Geus Ballast Nedam Infra Projects
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